In my opinion, these are definitely the best beauty books to own. I already own most of them, and because I have heard such great things about the others, I actually went ahead and ordered them myself! These books have everything you need to know, and cover everything from makeup tips, to hair, to skin care! So without further ado, here are the 8 best beauty books to buy right now.
1. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual by Bobby Brown
This is without a doubt one of the best beauty books out there. Bobby Brown is a well-known makeup artist and has been in the business for years. This book is full of fantastic tips and secrets for makeup application and her step-by-step formatting makes it easy to follow and understand. I bought this as soon as it was released, and it is one of my absolute favorites to this day.
2. Lauren Conrad Beauty and Lauren Conrad Style by Lauren Conrad
Ok, there is definitely no denying that Lauren Conrad is a beauty and fashion genius (and therefore, one of my many idols). I listed both of these books together because they are the dynamic duo of style. Her beauty book makes trying different looks and styles easy. It is loaded with tips for the everyday girl, and shares flawless techniques for applying makeup, taking care of your skin AND body! Her style book helps you create your own looks while giving you helpful hints on fashion. If you don’t own these books, I suggest you get them ASAP!
3. Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin
Although it was released in 1999, this book is still a great one to own. Kevyn Aucoin is another beauty guru who has many years of experience under his belt. His book is divided into three parts: basic techniques, makeovers done on regular people, and transformations on celebrities. He does a fantastic job of explaining the basics of makeup application and techniques, as well as how to use these fundamentals to create a wide range of different looks. This one is especially helpful when it comes to smoky eyes and contouring.
4. Make-up Masterclass: Beauty Bible of Professional Techniques and Wearable Looks by Jemma Kidd
This book is so appropriately titled - it is definitely a beauty bible! I love this book because it really shows women how to enhance their best features and feel confident in their appearance, regardless of their age. Another reason I love it is because of the clear step-by-step instructions and secret tips for fail-proof application and results. She also includes ways to tone down some of the more dramatic looks so that you can rock them during the day! Overall, it is a great book to have on hand, girls.
5. The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets by Kym Douglas and Cindy Pearlman
Oooh boy, talk about a great title. Not only is the title enticing and intriguing, but it is, again, absolutely appropriate. Full of Hollywood beauty secrets that we constantly crave, this book is one that I just couldn’t put down. Celebs dish on their fixes for everything from weight loss, to beauty products, to skin care. And all without spending a fortune!
6. Sephora: the Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority by Sephora
I feel like I am stepping into a Sephora store and having a one-on-one convo with a pro when I read this book. Not only does it include tips for getting creative with makeup looks, but it also has a shopping guide for finding the best products, and detailed explanations of how to properly use cosmetic tools. With all kinds of advice from various masterminds behind beauty lines like LORAC, Smashbox, Too Faced, and many more, there is no doubt that you too will soon be able to apply make up like a pro.
7. Makeup: the Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris
This really is an ultimate guide, ladies. It literally covers everything! From information on makeup tools, skin prepping, eyebrows, false eyelashes, and eye color charts, to step-by-step tutorials on eye makeup, contouring, foundation, bronzing, highlighting, and lips and cheeks! Phew! What more can a girl ask for?
8. Face to Face by Scott Barnes
In this follow-up to his first book, About Face, Scott Barnes helps change up the usual go-to makeup routine with techniques for getting the perfect look during every transition of the day. I love this book because it is diverse and features a variety of looks for all types and complexions. With a clientele that includes Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Christina Aguilera, you can trust that this man knows his stuff, and will help you look fabulous too with his fool-proof tips. This is another one that I have already ordered myself!
So there you have it, beauties. Makeup can be wonderful when done correctly, but always remember this: Makeup is meant to enhance your natural beauty, not cover up and hide it. Are there any other books that you recommend? Have any of these books helped you? Feel free to comment and let me know!